Q. 74.5( 293 Votes )

Two concentric circles are of radii 5 cm and 3 cm. Find the length of the chord of the larger circle which touches the smaller circle.

Answer :


Let the two concentric circles be centred at point O. And let PQ be the chord of the larger circle which touches the smaller circle at point A. Therefore, PQ is tangent to the smaller circle.


OA PQ (As OA is the radius of the circle)


Applying Pythagoras theorem in ΔOAP, we obtain


OA2 + AP2 = OP2


32 + AP2 = 52


9 + AP2 = 25


AP2 = 16


AP = 4


In ΔOPQ,


Since OA PQ,


AP = AQ (Perpendicular from the centre of the circle bisects the chord)


PQ = 2AP = 2 × 4 = 8


Therefore, the length of the chord of the larger circle is 8 cm.


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